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On June 13, 2017, the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights submitted a memorandum to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which detailed the Committee’s findings of inequities in Nevada’s implementation of court fines and fees and provided recommendations for reform.
Louisiana House Bill 249, signed into law June 15, 2017, amended the previous procedure for imposing financial obligations on criminal defendants.
The governor of Texas signed a bill into law that propels efforts to provide alternatives to the traditional court costs, fines, and fees that many are unable to pay.
The Ohio Second District Court of Appeals vacated a trial court’s imposition of a post-confinement payment plan, holding that costs from a criminal action can only be collected through civil enforcement.
Civil rights attorneys are challenging the city of LaGrange’s “court debt policy,” which “requires any applicant for utility service to first pay any debt owed to the city—including court judgments and fines.”